(I’ve seen this image floating around the interwebs for a few days and liked it. I’m not sure who the original source is but the link will take you a pin I found on pinterest.)

This year, probably for the first time, I’m looking forward to October. I’m looking forward to a change in the seasons. I’m looking forward to making it a season of change in my life, too. Some people fear change or avoid it, but change is good. There is no growth without change. There is no better tomorrow without change. And without change, there is no reward for hard work and determination.

This month I’m going to focus on taking Portraits by Anna in a direction that I had intended all along. Don’t get me wrong, I love each and every one of the kiddos I’ve had the opportunity to photograph and I will continue to work hard in that area. I look forward to seeing these little ones grow and hope to continue to capture their big moments for years to come! My dream for Portraits by Anna is a little bigger than just children’s photography. My goal is to be there for my clients from the beginning of their love story through the making of their families. Bling to baby bliss! And so, this month my focus is shifting to weddings. I’ll be attending several workshops and portfolio building opportunities and, hopefully, getting one gorgeous girl back into her wedding dress right in time for her one-year anniversary. I’m so excited for all the big, bridal things happening here in October!!

Another big thing happening this month is that I’ll be heading to Chapel Hill, NC, for the Make Things Happen conference hosted by Lara Casey, editor of Southern Weddings Magazine. I happened to stumble upon her blog after a google search for the wedding vow print that our wonderful wedding photog, Amanda Hedgepeth, gave us as a wedding gift, and I’m so glad I did. Lara’s story is so inspirational and the more I read, the more I felt trully touched. I’ve been searching and praying for the answer to what’s next for… probably close to two years… and suddenly all my google searches, blog stalking, pinterest finds, everything seemed to either lead me back to the Make Things Happen website or to someone who had found their answer to what’s next and was trully living their dreams and then I’d find that not only are they awesome, they had attended Make Things Happen in the past. Let me just stop right here and get a little religious on you: I do not believe in coincidence. I believe that the little things we overlook and chalk up as coicidence are really part of a bigger message. God doesn’t always send lightening bolts or speak through burning bushes, sometimes He comes as a still small wind. Ask for guidance, for answers, and sometimes He even uses Google to get you where you need to be. I’ll be the first to admit, sometimes I’m not so good at taking a hint, I mean, that conference was kind of expensive… but a few months of hemming and hawing and finally I realized that it wasn’t the idea of spending the money that was making me feel sick to my stomach, it was the idea of not going. I know for a fact I received one of the last, if not the very last, conference seats. I know that the path to finding what’s next for me leads through Chapel Hill and I cannot wait to Make Things Happen!!

I have a laundry list of other things I intend to accomplish this month and one more really big idea that I’m not quite ready to share just yet. I’m putting my foot down and ending this post-grad school slump that I’ve been in and finding a way to make my big dreams happen. Don’t worry, I’m not diving head first into something resembling a New Year’s resolution – all grand idea without a plan for getting there. I’m hoping to make small steps toward big change. Change for the better.

Stick around, the best is yet to come!

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